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PQVT Calving Thread

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Calves' started by purplequeenvt, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. Mar 16, 2017
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    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Golden Herd Member

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    Wow... he's a handsome devil!
     
  2. Mar 16, 2017
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    What a cutie
     
  3. Mar 17, 2017
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    It's not fair that "dinner" is so cute. Those eyes...
     
  4. Mar 23, 2017
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    Dougie is doing well. It would appear that he is naturally polled which I'm very happy about. I hate horns, but I also hate disbudding. Fern's heifer from 2015 (she's due in May) was also polled.

    Fern is giving around 3 gallons a day. That's milking only once a day while also raising Dougie.
     
  5. Apr 19, 2017
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    Dougie is a chunky guy. He's been castrated and he's growing well. I separated him from Fern for about 8 hours so we'd get more milk, not doing that again anytime soon. Her normal 2.5-3 gallons turned into 5. We don't need that much milk so for now they are together 24/7. If he starts taking more than his "fair share" we will need to start separating them.

    We are about a month out from the heifers due date. They're both growing cute udders.
     
  6. May 6, 2017
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    Fern and Carly, her 2 year old daughter (due soon)
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    Carly's udder!
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    Mr. Dougie
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  7. May 7, 2017
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    Mr. Dougie is getting big! :D Dam-raised calves are always so much fatter and healthier looking than bottle raised ones. How old is Dougie now?
     
  8. May 7, 2017
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    8 weeks, I believe.
     
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  9. May 8, 2017
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    Good looking boy, that Dougie!
     
  10. May 13, 2017
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    Cricket had a present for me when I got home from work this afternoon......it's a girl!!

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    She'd only been born a few minutes when I found her. She was up, but hadn't nursed and Cricket hadn't dropped the afterbirth.

    She weighs somewhere around 60-70lbs (my arms weren't quite long enough to lift the baby in the sling off the ground to get a weight). Nice size for a first calf heifer. Cricket is being a lovely mother and doesn't have any problems with me handling her calf.